1st SAL.....Peg, Dale and I committed to stitching Anni Downs - A Gardener's Journal in March. I blogged about this on my blog thinking maybe one or 2 others may join us and lots of girls indicated an interest so I decided to start this blog where we can all encourage each other to meet the goals set along the way....March 2010 -March 2011...........
2nd SAL ......well so many of the girls wanted to continue on with another project and some new girls joined us and now approx 91 girls are stitching Natalie Bird's Tis the Season. March to Sept 2011...............
3rd SAL....many girls want to stick with the SAL so now we have moved onto Anni Downs Some Kind of Wonderful - My Favourite Things Quilt.......Oct 2011-Oct 2012.........
Where are we now.....
4th SAL 2013...is numerous smaller projects from the previous 2 books Tis the Season and Some Kind of Wonderful plus some projects from Red Home by Natalie Bird approx 60 ladies stitching together.........
2014 we had the year off..............
5th SAL 2015..........inspired to continue we are doing another quilt project.....Anni Downs newest quilt Natures Journey.....

Monday, July 6, 2015

Yippee....I'm all ready to go!

Wow....I didn't think I could get this far on my block before I left but I did it!  I am so happy because I can bring it with me on my newest journey....to Australia!  Yippee! I am so excited!  I have 22 hours of flying time and 10 hours at airports....to stitch!  Wahoo!  Here is my July block all glued down....now to get it stitched.  Some of my pieces are backwards...oops forgot to trace them in reverse....ah well....that's okay.
I love that little lady bug!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Finally catching up

No photos - but hopefully by the end of this week there will be.  I've been making the tiniest pieces of progress.  I've been following everyone else's progress.  Hardly even time to comment.  Sewing and teenagers seem to be a harder gig to combine that sewing and toddlers.  Or maybe mine are just more of a challenge!

Anyway, we are finally heading north to our property in Central Queensland.  7 days of relaxing and sewing.  Just have to get hubby organised to install our combustion stove (keep things nice and snug).

I'm hoping to be up to date by Sunday - well thats to the June blocks anyway.  July BOM hasn't arrived yet.

Only another 90 minutes of travel and I'm in holiday mode already!

Marg H

Another tick for July please!'

That is a "tick"  for making a start. !!!!!

This one is going to be a while before  I will get  a finish !!
You see I have trouble with  the needle going in same direction  as the pattern.

Oh  and Anni knows...... So now  I cant get kicked out of group for misbehaving along this "Nature's Journey"

A "June" tick for Dawnie please!!!

I have caught up.
June is now complete!!!

A Chilly July Start

My July block is waiting for an early spring for some colour. The left and right smaller branches/leaves are stitched and the centre branches/leaves are in place ready for needle and thread.

Then I couldn't help myself and started playing with all the pieces cut ready and waiting to "Spring" into action. There's a lot of work for July but I'm excited with how it's starting to look. A few more fabric pieces to choose yet. 

Happy Gardening ... Narelle @ Pins and Whiskers

A touch Of July

I made a start on July .... Can't wait too start buttonhole stitching this one .... Means we are almost at the end :(( 
This is pretty much the only consistent sewing I have done since January , I love it so much !!!

Where June is gone ?

4th of July already and here are my progresses for last month…

I heard the whip cracking ….

Please ! Chooky and Susan, give me just a few days and I swear I can do it !!

To prove my good willing, I've already done the background for July !

and this, under a HUGE HEAT WAVE that is very difficult to even breathe (and I'm serious !!)
I'll be back soon !


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Final two blocks for June .....

Managed to finish my two pieced blocks for June. Here they are to add to the ones I previously posted about a couple of days ago.

I am really happy with how these turned out, mark me off for June please Susan.
Happy Stitching with your July block everyone..........

Stitch-A-Long Update

Well here is my Stitch-a-long update, a couple of days late, however given that I changed my colour theme and had to redo blocks I am really happy with my progress.

Part 5 completed.

Part 4 completed

Part 3 - 2 small circles to be completed inside circles not squares, oopps.

Part2- some stitching and more circles needed.

Part1- just some stitching

Hooray I feel as though I am somewhere in the ball park again.
Cheers, Maxine

Yay!! Finally done June blocks

I finally finished June blocks.
I am so happy with it and so sorry that I couldn't be done early.

Thank you Chooky and Susan for encouraging us to do it!!!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

TaDah !!!

Here is my June Babies now onto July ....  I have sewn the pieces together too make the huge middle block , hopefully i will get some time too appliqué on the weekend :))) 

Nearly there....

On too final two for June ... Decided against the patchwork blocks and replaced them with more paper pieced blocks .... Might be back tonight with them all finished ...

June blocks nearly there.

Just wanted to update where I am with my June blocks as I am running a bit late with them. Hopefully they will be finished by the end of the weekend.

All the appliqué blocks are finished with the last two pieced blocks well on there way. Some hiccups this week with my sons recovery after arm surgery so  have been a little preoccupied with running him to and from doctors appointments for more tests. Will post again when the final 2 blocks are complete. Loving my French General fabrics. Thanks Chooky and Susan for all your work.

I'm keen....

I'm motivated and I'm all revved up ready to start on Julys blocks.  Problem is..... they haven't arrived yet and they won't for another 10 days or so.   I'll have to settle for twiddling my thumbs till they get here.

OK.... I'm a little bit late showing you all my June blocks but here they are....

The reason for my late post was those darned bugs..... just as I was about to photograph the 'finished' blocks I discovered my bugs were headless and legless!    I couldn't possibly pass off two 'blobs' for Ladybugs now could I.  I think you might have noticed.

Stitched them last night (as promised Chooky) so all is in order.  


It is going to be really tough waiting for Julys BOM to arrive.... I love the centre block!   Sally (my pal - no blog) ordered the pattern only and she's already working on the centre... darn it!   She tormented the living daylights out of me on Monday when she brought the applique over to prep.  How cruel was that!

I'm off to wait.... patiently (ha)

See you soon


Thursday, July 2, 2015

SAL update.............

Hi Everyone..............
congrats to the 27 out of 73 people who have posted their June SAL blocks............congrats on staying up to date.........
your commitment is appreciated..............
we've also had some good catch ups which is fantastic...........
We don't want any UFO's at the end of this SAL.........just finished tops..........

Anyway I am going to take a few weeks break on updating the blog.............i'll just sit back and enjoy and Susan will be doing the updating...........look out she is also pretty good at cracking the whip...........wonder if she has an outfit like this.............lol
Image result for whip cracking
Just remember if Susan hasn't commented on your post then she hasn't updated the sidebar either............
I was going to wait until everyone had done Feb blocks to share this folder but that has not happened.............so here are all the girls who have shared their Feb blocks.........
enjoy the slideshow.......

I've been inspired by all the wonderful posts in the last few days and do hope that we hear from anyone who has not posted in the last month ASAP...........just an update helps..........
Catch you later..........

July Progress

Ok, so it's not a finish or even any sewing, but I'm feeling like the end of the tunnel just got closer, July is cut out ready for today's sewing machine day, slipping in a bit of pleasure sewing with the work load. I even have a ziplock bag, filled with all the appliqué pieces, ready to stitch.... 

Dear Chooky, I may be claiming double letter status this month... Not promising, but I am motivated.

Forgot to post MAY

Whoops!  Forgot to post May's stitcheries.  Put  it on my "birdontheborder" blog instead.

I dropped my folder,  Oh no.. blocks everywhere and so I had to sort them out.

I decided not to use my initial but the name of the quilt on the monogrammed square.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Caught up

As promised from last post....drumroll please...here are my May AND June blocks!!! Yay. I'm also happy to say that I have started stitching July...BOOM! lol.

May blocks, favourite is bottom rhs bee/bug ;)

June blocks, favourite is top lhs branch with leaves ;)

Thankyou again to Chooky and Susan for the hard work they put into keeping us honest, and updated on each others work...I am extremely grateful!!!. Have a great week my stitch along friends...I'm looking forward to a wonderful weekend celebrating a gorgeous girls 21st birthday and catching up with Kate...send me warm vibes- it's going to be freezing!!!!! Xo Suze. 

One Day Late

I have finished June's only one day late and  it's my second post this month . Pretty good for me. 
Thanks Chooky for setting up the  SAL. It does make me stitch and I am amazed how much I am getting done. I am sure it would be still in the sewing cupboard if I was not doing the SAL.  
But you are right it is sometimes hard in the busy lives we all live and we do sometimes get behind.   Perhaps we all should realise how important  "me" time is.  I consider stitching as a little me time..especially when I am caught up.....  Good Luck with it every one ..happy stitching..


This is when I am glad I have already cut a heap  of 1 1/2 inch squares and saved  them in a cute little tin.

No cutting required.Yeah!!!


It's July, and I'm sorry to say that I haven't my June blocks done! I'm also sorry for being quiet for so long. I enjoy to read all the posts, but unfortunately I haven't comment. There are sooo many beautiful blocks which will become great quilts at the end.
Tomorrow the first summer guests will arrive, and I know the sewing machine will have a rest for a few weeks. But hopefully I will make progress in August.
Greetings from Oddbjørg

June Blocks...check me off Chooky-Susan!

Chooky, Susan and the SAL Gals...I am so sorry for not keeping up with the comments.  When June rolls around I go into survival mode as I am the Head Secretary at an Elementary school.  June is a'crazy' month at my school.  There is so much to do to close up the school year and prepare for re-opening in September.  But I did it!  I'm done now until the end of August.  I promise to be a better commenter.  I am coming to your beautiful Land Down Under!  We will be staying with my cousin in Wurtulla but traveling around to see Melany, Noosa, Fraser Island and at some point down to Brisbane.  We won't be renting a vehicle because I don't think I can drive on the wrong side of the road.  LOL  I sure hope we can meet up Susan.  
See you soon Australia!

Getting Ready

Yesterday, I tided some of the fabric I've been using on this project....I'm getting excited about putting the pieces together...
 This is what I'm planning to use for the peak a boo border
around the center section...it is a little deeper red than
shows here...

here are some possible backgrounds for the center blocks

And here are a lot of small pieces I can use for the patchwork
I will be happy to see the end to the applique portion of this project...
Getting excited...
Mama Bear
Bears at Home

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Up to date....finally and just in time!

After breaking my finger I was a little behind,
but I have finally got there in the nick of time.
April blocks completed
 May Blocks completed

June blocks completed

Sorry about the last photo, its quite late and
my camera doesn't like night time.
 I am loving the look of my blocks now....
The encouragement and inspiration from you all is amazing.
Hugs Dawn x x

May complete (tick)

Can I please have a M for may Chooky. 

I'm slowly catching up - June is prepped, so I may manage a double month if I'm lucky in July!

June blocks....

are just  about done.......just a finishing off a few bits.  Hopingto post a picture over the next few days!

I am really enjoying seeing everyone's finishes and it is always very inspiring to see the pictures filter through.

I am also enjoying doing this SAL, but  I have to say that the pressure is on, trying to get them done in time each month as there has been so many blocks to do along with the pre planning of colurs etc etc.

As you say we are all so busy, but I have to say for me, i spend any free time with needle and thread.  In fact I spend many of my lunch breaks escaping the office to go and stitch get my blocks done, so I can assure you, i havent given up, just trying to keep up. !!

July however may take a little longer  so I think I will struggle to get that one done in time, so feel I might  be running a little behind on that one.

Re blogging and comments, when I do get some free time, I do try and leave comments here and there.(that is when im not stitching) heheh!

Looking forward to seeing so many different quilts at the end. They all look so good thus far!

June Done and Dusted

As usual I have my blocks finished just in the nick of time.  

The plan was to do the machine applique and little patchwork panels on Sunday.  However, it was such a nice sunny and WARM day that I couldn't stay inside, so a mad rush last night and tonight.

I decided to make my leaves and acorn in autumn colours, as that is more appropriate for the season at the moment.

I've still been using tiny scraps for the applique.  The lady birds and floral heart were removed from Chooky's fabric scrap bin when we visited a few weeks ago - too small for her tub under the table.  They weren't even big enough for the tiny squares in the patchwork panel.

You can't have ladybirds without spots.  One fabric was ideal with a small print and I added some colonial knots on the other while I was stitching the head and legs.

The blue heart is another tiny triangular scrap from Nundle.

I love the way the patchwork circles have turned out.  Unfortunately, I have finally had to look further afield for fabrics, going to my stash.  I'm running out of suitable sized scraps to get enough variety of colour.

I had a couple of "Doh!" moments.  Early in the piece I was very organised and traced all the circles and squares onto the background fabrics ready to blanket stitch.  The only problem was that these two blocks don't get embroidered and the circles are smaller.  Fortunately, there is JUST enough fabric in the patchwork panel to make a 5 inch circle and hide my tracings.

Also, don't you hate it when you do this with Vlisofix!  Yep, fused to the front of the fabric.  More haste, less speed.

So, another month finished with two hours to spare.  Not only that, the whole border is now finished. I didn't think I would make it this time.  

I'm really looking forward to playing with the centre block next month.

Thanks for keeping me on my toes Chooky.  You know how much I appreciate the incentive to keep going.



Still here

Sorry haven't done June yet. Hope to do next week. Been away for 3 weeks and busy with EOFY work.

June is Done!

By the Skin of me teeth! I'm done ;)
I was dragging me bum a bit over the button hole, but it's all done now and onto month 7!

Mark me off please Chooky ;)
Lots of hugs to all, keep on stitching ladies!


Still Here

Just to let you know I am still here. Not much done on the stitch-along in the last month.  Have been sick and had a quick trip to the South Island.  In the last week have got back to sewing again, but now on night shift again.  Strangely enough I seem to start sewing when this arrives, so hopefully another post soon.

May & June

Was determined to get back on track with this one so I have plenty of time for the centre block.... great to be back on track.

I check in here often and have read all posts, love seeing all the quilts coming together!

My dog ate my homework!!

True!..she did!!.. but I got it back...
My glue pen didn't survive though!!….she munched the lid to bits!! :(

June finished…I know, one small square has a circle… but I seem to have a heap of hearts!!

I'm really enjoying seeing everyones blocks…we're over the hump and heading to the home stretch now!!  WhooHoo…or maybe the centre panel is the hump!!??
Cheers Lea